I was having lunch with a programmer friend of mine, who does his work in
This idea was enforced by a recent Slashdot story, where an aspiring student picked great programmers to ask questions, but Larry Wall didn't make the cut. Not that Larry isn't great, but that Perl doesn't have the mindshare such that it made the student's list. Hopefully, Larry didn't get the email & ignore it.
Topcoder is a neat site where programmers can compete, but they only support Java,
Google has code competitions which include Python, but not Perl. They have a neat Desktop system you can develop on, but not in Perl.
You can develop extensions for Firefox/Thunderbird, but not in Perl.
I'm probably not saying anything that hasn't already been said, but I'm worried about being the guy scrounging for jobs when I'm 50 and too set in my ways to learn yet another language, when all these cool/new things are the now/then standard.
We need to get Perl embedded into these cool/new things so that we never have to leave the comfy confines of the language to not only get the job done, but do some cool stuff, too.
: This leads me to yet another lesson I've learned - you learn more from listening than talking. There is no real truth that can win an emotional/instinctual/behavioral/spiritual argument. Watching Pudge & Ovid go at it enforces that lesson.